The true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned.
The proof of leadership is found in the followers. So why do some people emerge as leaders while others can’t influence no matter how hard they try? I believe that several factors come into play:
1. Character—who they are
2. Relationships—who they know
3. Knowledge—what they know
4. Intuition—what they feel
5. Experience—where they’ve been
6. Past Success—what they’ve done
7. Ability—what they can do
I love the leadership proverb that says, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” If you can’t influence people, then they will not follow you. And if people won’t follow, you are not a leader.
—The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
ARE PEOPLE FOLLOWING YOU, OR
ARE YOU ONLY TAKING A WALK?